African American Music History

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Presented To Dr. Audely C. Chambers Requirement For MU 323: History of African-American Music Oakwood University By Dillon White April 8, 2015 Introduction Rap music has its roots in Africa. Even before hip-hop or rap originated, the Griots (village story tellers) of West Africa narrated stories in a rhythmic way with drum beats. Rapping essentially involves the speaking or chanting of rhyming lyrics, often set to a beat. The rhyming created by rappers is considered by many to be one of the most sophisticated styles of poetry. What’s more, these rhymes often address provocative subjects such as sex, violence and socio-political issues. Rap music is also closely related to the songs that were sung by the African-American…show more content…
Minaj's father was a severe drug addict with a long history of violence. At one point, he set fire to the family's home in a failed attempt to kill Minaj's mother. Determined to make it in the music business, Minaj took on backup singing roles for local New York City rappers. Soon, she began writing her own material. She was eventually discovered and signed to YMCMB. That connection led Minaj to Lil Wayne, who collaborated with her on a series of mix tapes, the first of which, Playtime is Over, was released in April…show more content…
Just before her 16th birthday, Azalea headed for the U.S. for two weeks to visit Derek—whom she had never met in person but who was the only person she knew in the states. He was living in Miami, and he picked her up at the airport on the 4th of July. It wasn’t long before she called her parents to tell them she wouldn’t be coming back to Australia, that simply being in the homeland of hip-hop was enough to make her feel at home.Azalea moved from Miami to Houston before ending up in Atlanta and enmeshing herself in her cultural surroundings, drawl and all. In 2011 right after she relocated once again, this time to Los Angeles she released the mixtape Ignorant Art, an album infused with trap music, itself a descendant of Southern rap. Queen Latifah Often considered hip-hop's first lady Queen Latifah was born Dana Owens on March 18th, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy. Owens witnessed both sides of Black urban life in the USA while growing up. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she soon found herself making waves in the hip-hop music
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